The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the temperature is 89 degrees, with a heat index of 99 degrees. The District of Columbia activates its Heat Emergency Plan when the heat index in DC reaches 95 degrees. A list of District cooling center locations is available at heat.dc.gov.
Extreme heat is dangerous and can cause illnesses and death. As temperatures rise, you are encouraged to take an active role in your safety and take action to stay cool.
• Stay indoors: find places in the shade or with air conditioning. Visit a District cooling center.
• Do not leave children or pets in vehicles: vehicles can reach dangerous temperatures within 10 minutes.
• Drink plenty of fluids: increase your fluid intake but don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar.
• Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen: pick lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing, and wide brimmed hats. SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is best.
• Check on your neighbors: young children, the elderly, and those with access and functional needs are the most vulnerable in our community.
• Pet owners should keep pets indoors, walk pets early in the morning, and give pets plenty of water.
For additional extreme heat information, visit ready.dc.gov/extremeheat
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July 11, 2019 - 1:47 PM
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